Friday, July 25, 2014

square 0

i felt like the privilege of cisgendered women when they were born, they starts from square zero onwards, but for transwomen they live their whole life and work doubly hard just to get to square zero before moving on #justathought

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

male of female


she was asked male or female at a gunpoint, 
welcome to the koboi town that is malaisea
Something sickening just happened on Sunday. An Indian transsexual woman who is not a Muslim was harassed by a Malay policemen. He had pointed his gun at her and asked her if she was male or female. She said she was female. He arrogantly asked for her identification card (IC) and when she gave it to him he said that she was lying to him and that she was a man disguising as a female by wearing female clothes. This transsexual woman is a post operative person as well for your information. He then forces her into the police car and takes her for a ride without bringing her to the police station. The Syariah cross dressing enactment of section 66 is ONLY for Muslim people in the country. Well, now you know how non-Muslims are affected as well. Plus the law is still in review that the judges at the court of appeal expressed their dissatisfaction of JAIS using that law to arrest the 16 Malay Muslim transsexual women who attended a wedding in Seremban and who were later arrested, shaved balled, limited access to bail and put into the male lock-up. Coming back to the current incident, this Malaysian Indian Hindu transsexual woman was told she was breaking the law by "cross-dressing" as her IC states that she is male. She was also told that 'pondans' (derrogative Malay term used towards transsexual women implicating that they were cross-dressers or transvestites) like her were bringing chaos to the country and that his head officer has instructed all policemen to catch transwomen all over and lock them up. She was forced to pay RM250 cash if she wanted to be let out of the police car.

Case being referred to specific bodies and organizations. Documentation being done currently and a press release may be released with the permission of the victim. That's all for now. Please share.

- Sharan Suresh

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday, July 05, 2014

beyond binary



Much thanks to Risa san and AJWRC

25thh June

Open letter of Asia and Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)

16 TRANSGENDER WOMEN JAILED AND DENIED HUMAN RIGHTS 25 June 2014 Bangkok, June 25, 2014 – The Asia Pacific Transgender Network is outraged over the imprisonment of 16 transgender woman (Mak Nyah) in a male jail for “cross-dressing”, a clear violation of human rights. On June 9, 2014, a religious court in Malaysia’s Negeri Sembilan state sentenced the 16 women in a hearing for violating Section 66 of the state’s Shariah Criminal Enactment 1992 that criminalizes cross-dressing, while releasing one other because she was under 18 years of age and considered a minor. The Mak Nyahs faced court without a lawyer and were detained in a male jail for seven days even though it was made clear by human rights groups that the women faced threats of sexual violence and abusive treatment while in detention. “Arresting someone for wearing certain clothes is shocking, but to also sentence them to jail should not be accepted,” says Ms Natt Kraipet, Network Coordinator at The Asia Pacific Transgender Network. “Sending a woman to a male jail is not only dangerous to her health and well being but also immoral.” The Negri Sembilan religious authorities arrested the transgender women after raiding a Malay wedding in Bahau, Jempol, on June 8, 2014. “The fact that authorities raided a wedding to arrest these transgender women shows how far authorities will go to undermine respect, equality and dignity of these transgender women. Section 66 clearly violates rights protected by Malaysia’s constitution, which is superior to state Sharia law. These include freedom of expression (article 10), equal protection (article 8), and freedom of movement (article 9).” says Mr Joe Wong, Project Manager at The Asia Pacific Transgender Network. The Asia Pacific Transgender Network urges the state authorities to fulfil its obligations under international and regional human rights standards. These include respecting the freedom of expression and rights of every citizen protected by legal provisions in the Federal Constitution. “Transgender women in Malaysia need to know that these rights are respected and that they deserve the same legal protections as other groups,” said Mr Wong. The Asia Pacific Transgender Network stands in solidarity with our sisters in Malaysia and applaud Justice for Sisters efforts in ensuring that the voices of transgender women are heard. The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) The mission of APTN is to enable transgender men and women in the Asia and Pacific region to organize and advocate for the improvement of their health, protection of their legal, social and human rights, and the enhancement of their social well-being and quality of life.

Enquiries Natt Kraipet Network Coordinator +66 82 653 3999 Joe Wong Project Manager +66 92 693 3265

Thursday, July 03, 2014


...was at Tower Records bookstore in Shinjuku today, while scanning for interesting books, found this little historical gem, the book is new, its just that the information about the 'pantun' or ryhmes poetry in malay culture which i find interesting, i didn't know there were a few French who's inspired by pantun and created their own version, which in a world today we called it rap or rhyming.

"Pantuns by anonymous writers were part of the Malay oral tradition long before they began to be recorded. (The image above comes from a roughly two hundred-year-old edition of the Hikayat Hang Tuah, a collection of Malay legends chronicling the life of a warrior named Hang Tuah, first published in the early seventeenth century. The Hikayat contains some of the first known written examples of pantuns.) When French poets rediscovered the form in the nineteenth century, they were drawn to the pantun berkait- a pantun form made up of interlocking verses."